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T-Mobile brings 2.5 GHz to Philadelphia, expands 5G network

T-Mobile wasted little time leveraging its recent merger with Sprint. The “Un-carrier” announced this week that it is lighting up parts of Philadelphia with 2.5 GHz mid-band spectrum. T-Mobile will soon do the same in parts of New York City—the carrier’s customers in the Big Apple will be the first to have access to low-band, mid-band and millimeter wave (mmWave) 5G.

The carrier said this is its first step towards “supercharging” its nationwide 5G network as it combines its and Sprint’s assets. After the merger, T-Mobile gained the unique combination of low, mid and high-band mmWave spectrum—giving it the necessary resources to create a network that stretches nationwide and can provide 5G to people in cities and rural areas alike.

“Connectivity is more important than ever today, and the challenging time we’re all facing shows just how critical 5G for All is,” T-Mobile President of Technology Neville Ray said in a statement. “While our amazing team safely works to keep people across the country connected to work, school and family, we aren’t slowing down on building out the broad and deep network that only this combined company can deliver. We won’t stop because this network can do so much GOOD across the country!”

T-Mobile 5G gives Philadelphia customers a boost

With T-Mobile bringing 2.5 GHz 5G to Philadelphia, customers with some of the newest smartphones can enjoy faster speeds with peaks nearing 600 Mbps. The mid-band spectrum is expected to increase average 5G speeds for customers in Philadelphia—and across the U.S.—up to eight times faster than current LTE in a few years. The spectrum will boost those speeds 15 times faster than current LTE in the next six years.

The company also announced it is expanding its nationwide 5G network in Detroit, St. Louis and Columbus, Ohio. T-Mobile will used its 600 MHz (low band) spectrum, the foundation of its 5G network, to cover more ground and bring 5G deeper into buildings. The spectrum is critical to bringing 5G coverage to more people in more areas.

Sprint customers can expect nationwide 5G as well

T-Mobile customers aren’t the only ones who will get to enjoy the carrier’s expanded 5G network. Sprint customers who have the Samsung Galaxy S20 5G can access T-Mobile’s nationwide 5G network later this month. The network covers more than 200 million people, 5,000 cities and towns and more than 1 million miles across the U.S.—much of which are in rural areas.

Meanwhile, Sprint customers possessing compatible LTE phones can roam on T-Mobile’s LTE network and have access to more than twice the amount of LTE sites than Sprint’s network alone. This will allow them to stay connected with T-Mobile if or when they leave a Sprint LTE-covered area.

T-Mobile currently offers six 5G smartphones across different price points that work on the carrier’s 5G network. The carrier plans to release the OnePlus 8 5G on April 29 and additional devices later in 2020.

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